Santa Fe, NM, August 17
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In celebration of Indian Market, Gallery 822 opens a group show on August 17 that features new works by all 14 gallery artists. Additionally, the gallery has recently teamed up with Waddell Trading Company, a third-generation company featuring fine historic and contemporary jewelry by Native American artists. The show includes a special collection from Waddell, and the gallery will continue to feature different collections from the company year-round. The Waddell family attends the artists’ reception on Friday, August 17, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The gallery has also acquired a special exhibition space during Indian Market weekend at Hotel Chimayó de Santa Fe, located on Washington Avenue near the corner of the downtown plaza. “It’s something exciting and different for this year’s show,” says gallery director Sara Shawger. The artists display their works and talk with visitors in the hotel’s courtyard throughout the weekend.
Artist Robert Taylor is especially excited about participating. “Indian Market has always been a good show for me,” he says. The artist is creating 5 to 7 new pieces for the show, including several smaller pieces created specifically with Indian Market in mind. Taylor considers himself a “tribal artist” who uses art to communicate a specific message. “The bread and butter of my career has been to show we’re all the same tribe,” he says. “We just express things in different forms.” Taylor’s art often communicates this idea by showing a variety of cultures and symbols in one piece. “I’ll juxtapose a crucifix or the Torah against a tribal pipe,” he says.
Recently, Taylor has shifted his focus from the physical forms and symbols of various cultures to more abstract, psychological representations. “What I’ve been working on this year is trying to show the journey of the human psyche,” Taylor explains. “I’m trying to say that the things we don’t see are some of the most important.”
Another gallery artist with Native-themed work is K. Henderson. “At first glance my paintings are portraits of individual people,” says Henderson, who spends a lot of time ensuring her works are historically and culturally correct. “But my paintings go beyond the historical figure—these are people from the past come back to life. You are not viewing them from a distant time and place. They are with you here and now.”
Shawger is also pleased to have new works by Peter Krusko for the show. “He paints watercolors on location, so we’re always excited to see what he’s been doing,” she says. One of Krusko’s newest pieces is titled WHITE JEMEZ MOUNTAIN. “I painted the mountains still covered with the winter gift of snow,” he says, adding, “a beautiful glow emanated from within.” Krusko frequently paints surrealistic southwestern landscapes, though he steers clear of defining his work with a particular style or subject matter. “My paintings, rather than imitating life, try to see beneath its surface,” Krusko says.
The show also includes new works from Jane Chavez, Carol Gold, Joshua Tobey, Sandy Keller, Trevor V. Swanson, Brent Lawrence, Linda St. Clair, James Moore, Robert Rogers, Carol Swinney, and Jami Tobey. —Lindsay Mitchell
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